Occupy Boulder folks and others braved snowy/rainy weather Saturday morning to warn us about an impending Walmart. Walmart has been nosing around for a site in Boulder. It seems that behemoth corporation is on the edge of putting a store at the old PetsMart site, in the plaza near Iris, between 28th and 30th.
Walmart has a terrible reputation for keeping workers close to minimum wage and allowing only 32-hour weeks, according to reports. This brings in only a little more than $15,000 per year. That is right at the federal poverty level for a family of two. Try and live in Boulder on that wage.
So how do they make it?? Two jobs and/or food stamps and Medicaid and other public or religious assistance. In that way we all pay for Walmart's low prices.
Walmart is very much against worker input, and especially unions that might democratize the work place. Having Walmart here lowers the standards for workers all around the city. Walmart traditionally lowers prices so as to put competitors out of business. Then they can set prices to suit themselves.
To see a short video on Walmart, look up on line, "Celebrating a Year of Change." It has lots of good info about who we are letting come into Boulder.
Let's put the squeeze on Walmart and tell them to find another city to invade.
Make hospitals zero-profit
This letter is in response to the prejudiced and overpriced insurance racket, and is the only thing you have read or will read that gives an answer to the health care/coverage issue.
All of the talk and politics have been side tracked by the corporations and politicians (same thing) as to the reasons for Americans to have insurance but, as you all know, "coverage" doesn't pay the bill or guarantee any health care. So I implore you to ask the question: Why is the insurance industry involved in health care, at all? What does the insurance industry do for you other than triple the cost?!? Do they examine you, treat you, heal you? No.
Why won't anyone offer the argument that we cut out the middle man, just like was done with student loans, health care is a national issue and should cease to be for profit. Hospitals should be made zero-profit.
That simple change, according to the income totals listed at the Bureau of Business & Economic Research as being approximately $13 trillion in 2011, would deliver $975 billion to a health care system that, according to an article in this paper, only uses $750 billion now. Also, remember that rich people make a lot of money that is not considered as income. I think that all income should be considered as income and be taxed as such and the hospitals, Social Security, state and federal governments all get more revenue.
This is not socialized medicine. This is single payer at its finest. This plan provides care for our soldiers our children and our older folks without hassles, deductibles, co-pays, part A, part B, blah, blah, blah. It eliminates Medicare/Medicaid, government/corporate/business health plans, and "coverage" issues for pensioners and retirees.